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Youth Forum Meeting – 27th March

The Youth Forum welcomed two guest speakers to the meeting, Katie Bird from the British Swimming Events team, and Lesley Vernon from Marketing and Media.

With a packed meeting schedule, Katie opened discussion about young people becoming more involved in the organising of British Swimming events. With an aim to increase the youth representation in the front of house and field of play event teams, Katie wanted the Youth Forum to share their ideas about how they or other young people might like to get more involved.

Big Splash’ a mass participation swimming challenge which is to be launched in May was brought to the table by Lesley with regards to the promotion of the event particularly when targeting young people like themselves. Discussion was based around ways in which young people could be motivated to get involved individually or with their Swimming Clubs. Ideas around celebrity involvement, media, volunteers, fundraising, cost and club involvement were among the topics that were discussed.

As a result of the Youth Forum’s analysis of the volunteering website in previous meetings, the new ‘Young Volunteer’ section is up and running! The Youth Forum had the opportunity to get a preview before the Young Volunteer online launch. This was a chance for the Youth Forum to really see the impact that their ideas can have when turned into reality!

As the ASA is keen to increase the youth representation in many different areas, the Youth Forum has been presented with the fantastic opportunity to take a leading role in two key events that will take place over the next 6 months. The Open Water Mass Participation event in July offers a chance for the Youth Forum to assist in the volunteer training prior to the event itself, alongside producing media coverage particularly for usage on the ASA website. The ASA Swimming Conference in October 2011 is the second of the two events. The Youth Forum will prepare and lead the key note speech and run workshops throughout the day for the young people attending, a task they are honoured to take on!

Both are great opportunities in which the capabilities of our younger members can be highlighted - A very exciting time for our young volunteers. Planning is well underway and will continue to develop throughout our future meetings! 

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